Seeing Tomorrow (Is A Good Start)
I’ve been putting some real work in toward the album this past month, and despite my fears, I think I’ve got a good start. I completed the initial instrumentation for what I believe will be the final song on the record, “The Storm“. If you’ve missed the details on that, click the link for more. I’m really excited where this is going and I’m working on lyrics as we speak. If you want to compare what you hear above to how the demo sounded, take a listen to this. Part of the joy of making an album and cataloguing the process is being able to compare aspects of it like this.
While I don’t yet have a clip for you to listen to yet, I’ve also completed the initial instrumentation for the “power ballad” song on the album “Still No Closer To Tomorrow”. I’ll have more details on what this is about, what I’m doing with it and how it sounds, next week. You can get a taste of what this song sounds like in the middle of this video but, again, expect some evolution from this version to the next.
I was genuinely afraid that I was moving too slow on this album, and that I wasn’t going to be finished with it by the Fall. But looking at how things are shaping up now, I think I’ve got a good start. I just need to follow through on it. Two songs down, and I’m moving onto the opening song, “The Art of Tactful Procrastination”.
Operation: Joy – 2nd Edition
Speaking of good starts, I’ve additionally completed a second version of my first Operation: Joy eBook. It’s gone from being just a mission and a blurb – it now includes suggestions and recommendations, links to further reading on the topic, and a post mission debrief so that you can really focus on what you’ve learned from each mission.
All told, it’s jumped the size of the book from just over 40 pages to almost 80! Think about that – I’m offering this book (and two more volumes after it) free! EIGHTY PAGES! This is a big deal, and I can’t wait to put it out in this form. My wife, Emily Steele, is currently in the process of editing it, and I’m hoping to have it out by the end of the month, or March at the latest. So stay tuned – if you’re part of the Mail List you’ll get an announcement, and you’ll be able to update the version you have free!
As a side note, just imagine how big the full-year version of this series is going to be… I did the math – likely over 900 pages!
The Dream Divide
I’m not done talking about free books…
The Operation: Joy series is not just going to be limited to the main mission books themselves. There will also be a series of shorter “side-mission” books that expand upon some of the missions in Operation: Joy. For instance, in volume 1 I talk about something called “The Dream Divide”, and while I give a very clear summary of the concept, I don’t dive deep into it. So I’ve been working on a completely separate book – probably hovering around 50 pages or so – that I intend to release this spring.
Yes, that’s right, another free eBook to Mail List subscribers!
I’ve got a really good start on this one as well, and it’s nearly complete already. I’m hoping to hand it off to Emily for editing in April and have it out shortly after that. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you apprised.
Late last year I decided I wanted to come up with a plan for a potential fan club or subscription service. I wanted it to be something that would offer something more than the Mail List would, as well as take the place of most other crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter or PledgeMusic.
What I found was Patreon. With Patreon, an artist can create various levels of subscriptions, set financial goals to work toward, and offer all kinds of great stuff in return.
For instance, while my Mail List offers four free songs a year, through Patreon I can offer all of my music digitally to subscribers! That means my patrons will receive not just everything I currently have available digitally but everything I will release while you are a subscriber!
And while my Mail List offers free mini-eBooks, (like the ones mentioned above), through Patreon I can offer patrons all of my books in digital versions! That means when I release the year-round version of Operation: Joy as a traditional and digital book, you as a patron would get the digital version free! The Mail List eBooks are included, but as a patron you’d have access to books you wouldn’t have as a Mail List subscriber.
There’s more than that on offer too, including the ability to critique and be involved in the creative processes of my projects!
I’m really excited about this idea, so I’d love for you to check out my Patreon page here. The page is live, and you can sign up and become a patron, but I haven’t officially launched it yet. If you’re on the Mail List I’ll be sending out an invite to preview this platform soon.
Let’s take this good start and make it a great one!